by Roland Glembine / email@example.com
The Village of Stronghurst Illinois voted Tuesday to end their ban on the sale of alcohol. Village leaders say this was more about dollars and cents than beer and wine. They want the extra tax revenue, and voters have now given them that option by lifting the ban on alcohol.
"We don't want any full blown liquor store we don't want any taverns. We just know people buy beer out of town and bring it back here into town. We want to be able to keep some of that revenue back in this town," said Village trustee Debbie Hale.
Village leaders began looking at lifting the ban two years ago, wiping out a vote in 1976 to prohibit the sale of alcohol. Hale says this is an alternative to raising taxes to help pay the bills.
"It is an old town we do have water lines that are starting to break, the roads need help. Down the line we are going to have to replace our water tower."
For decades people in Stronghurst wanting to buy beer had to travel nearly 20 minutes to Biggsville or Burlington, IA to get it.
"Its about time the community recognizes people are buying their alcohol somewhere why not keep those tax dollars here," said Bill Zurmuelen who supports ending the ban.
"I am happy that it passed I think it might bring some more business its more of a convenience," added resident Alyssa Hawk.
Yet not everyone is happy about the change.
"I don't drink liquor. I don't approve of it so I voted against it," said Peggy Arnold.
"I don't think we need it in Stronghurst they can go other places to get it. I just would assume it not come to our town," added Eleanor Wisslead who has lived her entire life in Stronghurst.
Hale says village leaders will move carefully drafting language of the new liquor ordinance she says it will be at least another 5 months before anyone will be buying beer in Stronghurst.